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Fever Pitch (1997)

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A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.

Director:

David Evans

Writers:

Nick Hornby (book), Nick Hornby (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Aikman ... Young Paul
Bea Guard Bea Guard ... Paul's Sister
Neil Pearson ... Paul's Dad
Ruth Gemmell ... Sarah Hughes
Colin Firth ... Paul Ashworth
Richard Claxton Richard Claxton ... Robert Parker
Ken Stott ... Ted, the Headmaster
Holly Aird ... Jo
Mark Strong ... Steve
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Paul's Mum
Peter Quince Peter Quince ... Chip Shop: Frank
Charles Cork Charles Cork ... Rex
Bob Curtiss Bob Curtiss ... Stan
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Turnstile Operator
Scott Baker Scott Baker ... Man Behind
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Storyline

A romantic comedy about a man, a woman and a football team. Based on Nick Hornby's best selling autobiographical novel, Fever Pitch. English teacher Paul Ashworth believes his long standing obsession with Arsenal serves him well. But then he meets Sarah. Their relationship develops in tandem with Arsenal's roller coaster fortunes in the football league, both leading to a nail biting climax. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Life gets complicated when you love one woman and worship eleven men

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballfieber See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,519, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,600, 17 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When, as a child, Paul Ashworth goes to see the Reading FC game, the Reading FC Club Badge on the rosette of the supporters is the one which did not come into being until around the 1987-1988 season. The badge that should have been worn in the 1970s, when the match took place, was the old style 'Elm Trees' badge. See more »

Quotes

Paul Ashworth: May I smoke?
Sarah Hughes: No. You can stay the night, though, if you want.
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Connections

Features Mona Lisa (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Back
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Pretenders
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You Don't Have to be a Gooner to Appreciate this honest Brit-flick
16 April 2002 | by jodie barnettSee all my reviews

As a huge Arsenal fan, I HAD to watch this film. I was not disappointed - a true depiction of life as a fan.

LIFE AS A FAN. That is what the film explores; the highs and lows of the life of Paul (Colin Firth), who lives his life in seasons rather than years, and struggles to cope with his cynical, pregnant girlfriend, and the highs and lows of an especially rollercoaster of Arsenal footy games.

Rest assured, you do not have to support Arsenal to like this movie. Perhaps die-hard Liverpudlians will find the ending especially distressing, but the film focuses on how what happens on the pitch can affect everyday life, something all avid fans know about.

You also need no knowledge of English footy. Just settle down for an evening of great acting, often poignant nostalgia, and frequent bursts of


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